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2023 Budget to be tabled in Parliament on Nov 14

Secretary General of the Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake said that the Committee on Parliamentary Business which met under the chairmanship of Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena decided yesterday (27) to present the Appropriation Bill for the year 2023 to Parliament for the second reading on November 14th.

Accordingly, President Ranil Wickremesinghe in his capacity as the Ministry of Finance, Economic Stabilisation and National Policies will deliver the opening speech of the Second Reading of the Appropriation Bill to Parliament on November 14th at 1.30 pm.

The debate on the Second Reading of the Appropriation Bill will begin on November 15 as decided by the Committee and the vote on the Second Reading has been scheduled for November 22nd at 5.00 pm.

The debate on the Committee Stage of the Appropriation Bill will begin on November 23rd and the vote was decided to be held on December 8th at 5.00 pm.

Accordingly, Parliament is scheduled to meet on all other days of the week except for Sundays and Poya Days from November 14th to December 8th.

The Secretary General said that it was decided not to spend a lot time for Questions for Oral Answers on the days of the budget debate. Thus, on December 09th from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, 50 questions are set aside for Questions for Oral Answers.

The budget debate will be held from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm and the time from 5.30 pm to 6.00 pm is reserved for Questions or motions at the Adjournment Time.

Parliament will convene on the 8th of November and on that day, from 10.30 am to 5.00 am, according to the motion brought by the National People’s Power (NPP), the Motion at the Adjournment Time by the Opposition regarding the current situation of the country is scheduled to be held.

On the 9th of November from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm Order under the Value Added Tax Act, Two Notifications under the Excise Ordinance, Order under the Finance Act, Regulations under the Foreign Exchange Act are scheduled to be passed.

On November 10 th from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm the Small Claims Courts’ Procedure, Small Claims Courts’ Procedure, Small Claims Courts’ Procedure, Civil Procedure Code (Amendment), Kandyan Marriage and Divorce (Amendment), Poisons, Opium and Dangerous Drugs (Amendment), Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment), Children and Young Persons (Amendment), Dangerous Animals (Amendment) and Rules under the Prisons Ordinance, Three Regulations under the Fisheries and the Aquatic Resources Act to be presented by the Minister of Justice is scheduled for its Second Reading.

Parliament will convene on the aforementioned 3 days at 9.30 am and time has been allotted until 10.30 am for Questions for Oral Answers. On the said days, 5.00 pm to 5.30 pm is reserved for Questions and Motions at the Adjournment Time.

Parliament will convene on November 11th at 9.30 am and until 5.30 pm the Votes of Condolence on the late Parliamentarians Chandrakumara Wijeya Gunawardane, T. B. Ekanayake, K. Thurairetnasingam and (Ven.) Baddegama Samitha Thero is scheduled to be taken up, the Secretary General said.

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